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James D. Byers

Criminal defense Attorney at Winston-salem, NC

4.8   18 reviews

also known as J.D. Byers, JD Byers

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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1994
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2022

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Practicing in North Carolina since 1994, J.D. Byers is an attorney dedicated to serving clients in legal practice areas where he has strong qualifications and experience.


A diligent and aggressive criminal defender, J.D. looks at all defense angles, visits scenes of accidents when necessary, and communicates actively with clients. His track record includes success in both state and federal courts, on offenses ranging from traffic violations and DWI to drug offenses and capital murder.


J.D. is a native North Carolinian, from Wilkes County. He is an experienced, instrument-rated pilot who travels nationwide to consult and provide representation on a wide range of aviation law matters.

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The Law Offices of J. Darren Byers, P.A.
224 S Cherry St
Winston-salem, NC, 27101


4.8 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
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On my traffic case the Judge and District Attorney were not receptive to reducing my charges. Mr. Byers worked very hard and was able to finally convince them that I deserved reconsideration and finally agreed to the terms that were very advantageous to me. For this reason, I would highly recommended Mr. Byers to anyone in need of an attorney that will put the time in for their clients.
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Posted by James | May 24, 2018
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Mr.Byers has represented me on several occasions and has proved to be an excellent attorney,very knowledgeable,thorough,tenacious and compassionate.I would highly recommend him and will certainly retain him again should the occasion arise.
Posted by JonathanDills | August 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
JD is a colleague and friend. I have co-counseled a murder case with him and his knowledge of the criminal code and procedure is thorough. I could not recommend him higher.
Posted by Micky | December 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer around
I have dealt with many lawyers. But after my dealings with Mr. Byers, I will use only him. Mr Byers is my version of legal dream team. Highly recommended A+++++++
Posted by Wendi | July 17, 2014
A truly caring attorney.
Mr. Byers represented my son and did an awesome job. He really looked after his best interest. He has integrity, is caring, nonjudgmental, very professional. He always answered my emails in a timely matter. His staff is the same way, always polite and very responsive to calls and emails. I am truly appreciative of this wonderful man.
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Posted by Antonio | July 17, 2014
I believe that Mr. Byers is the best Attorney in the area, and I say this because he fought for me.
I have pointed all of my friends and family in Mr. Byers direction because he and his staff care about their clients, and get involved right away. I don't feel like I could have been treated any better by any other attorney. I received calls as a reminder of important dates, as well as calls of concern after court dates. Its just not every day you see people as busy as this organization, take the time to say thank you and to let you know that your business is much appreciated. No matter what, I won't go to court without a Lawyer, and my Attorney is Mr. Byers.
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Posted by Tina & Steve | July 17, 2014
I highly recommend!
Mr Byers has represented me on more than one occasion. He and his staff are remarkable, always courteous, and kept me informed every step of the way.
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2022
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The best in the city!!!
I was charged with disorderly conduct and of course jd got it dismissed and expunged!!! I’m so pleased with his services!!!! He is definitely the best!!!!!
Posted by Luis | May 13, 2022
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Posted by Brian | April 19, 2022
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Very satisfied
Had a consult with Mr.Byers he told me he will handle the case and try to dismissed the charges he did exactly what he told me he was gonna do will rehire him in the future
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2022
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Best lawyer hands down
He has helped a couple of my family members and he is always very efficient and professional.
Posted by Shavonna | March 14, 2022
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Excellent Attorney
Attorney JD Byers is the, he’s efficient and will definitely get the job done! I would recommend him for all of your legal problems!
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2022
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Fantastic Work
J.D. Byers was a fantastic asset in my case and helped me throughout the litigation process.
Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2015
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Compentent but pricey
Mr. Byers took my case and concerns seriously. He seems to be a very competent, respected and distinguished lawyer in the county. His demeanor is straightforward and empathetic, yet no BS. While the case never went to trial; I appreciate his representation through the intricacies of criminal court. His fee was pricey though fair for the matter; just disappointed because there was little work done on his part for my particular case.
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Posted by cameron | April 24, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
helpful and caring
Although Mr byers is not my attorney, he called me within an hour, while he was at his home residence. He fave me helpful advice for no monetary gain, and was willing to offer his services if my discontent with my current lawyer continues. Professional all the way, but you can tell he actually cares, which is the rare aspect of the legal system. Would definantly recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | July 23, 2014
Hard-working, Friendly, and Very Knowledgeable
J.D. Helped me through a recent hardship with kindness and a great understanding of the legal system. I would highly recommend his services, they are both fair in price and invaluable when entering a courtroom.
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2014
Highly recommened
Attorney J.D. Byers is a excellent attorney, I would highly recommend him for any situation that you may have. He has handled 6 to 7 cases for my family and all of them had good out comes to date.
Posted by DT | November 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Hope he’s better now!
In 1996 he was young and represented me unfortunately I was young also and didn’t know any better. I was just happy not to go to jail. I have had lawyers and district attorneys tell me that I never should have been convicted if my lawyer knew what he was doing!
Response from James Byers November 16, 2017
I am happy to hear that I was able to help you avoid active jail time, but I am disappointed to hear that you are unhappy with the results of your case, overall. Since this is only the first I am hearing of your displeasure, and you have provided no reference point to identify your case, I would welcome the opportunity for you to contact my office and set up a free consultation. We can discuss the possibility of reopening your case and whether there is a possibility of seeking a different disposition. Thank you for your feedback, and I look forward to meeting with you to discuss the matter soon.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
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AVVO RATING 6.7 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022.

Reprimand issued in NC, 2022
updated on 01/06/2023

Typically in this case the lawyer's poor behavior is exposed to the public in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Law Office of J. Darren Byers, P.A.
  • 1994 - Present


  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1992
  • Citadel, Military College of South Carolina
  • 1989


  • Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • 1995 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 4.7 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Defending Child Sex Abuse Cases
  • Evidentiary Issues in Child Sex Offense Cases
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (1)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"J.D. Byers is an experienced , skilled and well respected criminal defense attorney. He is professional, knowledgeable and hard working. Highly recommended Trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"JD Byers is an experienced and brilliant criminal defense attorney. His hard work and knowledge of the law leads to great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I was a Forsyth County Assistant District Attorney, I had cases with J.D. Byers on multiple occasions. J.D. is an excellent attorney. He knows the law, fights hard for his clients, and is always professional. J.D. maintains an outstanding reputation, and I am very happy to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known JD Byers for 16 years. I have worked for him and with him, and we often represent clients in the same state and federal courts. He is hard-working, highly motivated, and goal oriented. JD is an excellent advocate for his clients in any courtroom. He is widely considered one of the best and most successful defense attorneys in central North Carolina."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An experienced and well regarded criminal defense attorney in the legal community. A strong advocate when you are caught up in the justice system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Despite being opposing counsel on a criminal matter with Mr. Byers, he was extremely courteous, trustworthy, and professional, while remaining a powerful advocate for his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"J.D. Byers is a phenomenal advocate and a consummate professional. Having had the privilege to begin my career as an attorney under Mr. Byer's mentorship, I can vouch firsthand for his integrity, passion, and ability. J.D. is both a skilled negotiator and a fierce trial attorney. He has significant experience handling serious crimes in both State and Federal Court, and is well respected in the legal community. I strongly endorse Mr. Byers as a first rate attorney and continue to model my practice after his."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"J.D. is highly respected among his peers in Forsyth County. He is an outstanding defense attorney. His practice covers the field in criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"J.D. Byers is one of the preeminent criminal defense lawyers in the State of North Carolina. I have worked with him on numerous cases and referred him countless others. His legal advocacy skills are second to none and his commitment to the legal profession should be emulated by every member of the Bar. He is well-respected by colleagues, prosecutors, judges."
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Winston-salem Criminal defense Lawyer James D. Byers
James D. Byers
Criminal defense Attorney
Winston-salem, NC
Licensed for 29 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022. See details